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Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic Addresses the Range of Motion of the Cervical Spine in Treating Neck Pain and Headache

December 21, 2021

The cervical spine is unique among spinal curves. Unlike the thoracic and lumbar spine curves, the cervical spine contains the spinal cord a bit more snugly. The diameter of the vertebral canal in which the spinal cord lies varies from 11 to 19 mm while the spinal cord measures from 7 to 14 mm depending on the spine level. If the size of the spinal canal is small and the cord big, a condition known as stenosis exists and creates greater pain and disability. (4-8) Whatever the size, there is not a lot of space for the spinal nerves that leave the spinal cord regardless of any disc herniation or bone spur and the like that may develop. Plus, the cervical spine has to hold up the average 9-pound head! The cervical spine is amazing. No wonder it appeals to researchers and anatomists and chiropractors like yours at Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic and produces such pain for Augusta neck pain sufferers. Luckily, your Augusta chiropractor understands the cervical spine anatomy and potential painful cervical conditions as well as the gentle, stretching treatment protocols of the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management to relieve the pain.


Such cool developments in the area of radiology are now available and may help back pain healthcare providers like your Augusta chiropractor better diagnose and treat neck pain and surgical colleagues create more appropriate surgical techniques! Innovative 3D computed tomography imaging permits a look at the cervical spine in various positions in normal volunteers. What did the researchers see with this? Flexion-extension range of motion is greatest at C1-2 and C4-5.  C1-2 is where 70% of all axial rotation happens, too. C3-4 range of motion for lateral bending is larger than C1-2, C5-6 and C6-7. (1) Using Cox® Technic for cervical spine pain is designed for segment-specific treatment of individual segment cervical spine ranges of motion to ease pain and restore normal ranges of motion as optimally as possible.


The cervical spine range of motion is addressed in patients with cervicogenic headache. When Augusta chiropractic patients seek care for a headache, they will often describe limited range of motion. That is not uncommon. A randomized control trial of spinal manipulation versus spinal mobilization for relief of cervicogenic headache explained that manipulation and mobilization have similar effects on disability, pain, global rating of change score, and cervical ranges of motion. (2) Our chiropractic care of the cervical spine takes care of Augusta neck pain as well as related range of motion issues like acute neck pain.


Acute Augusta neck pain is a common issue for which patients will seek help from healthcare practitioners like chiropractors and general practitioners (GPs). Medications and/or manual therapy are usual treatments. Researchers wrote that GPs were occasionally hesitant to refer for manual therapy as they were not sure about effectiveness and adverse events. In a review of randomized controlled trials published regarding the effect of spinal manipulation for acute neck pain, researchers revealed that spinal manipulation alone or combined with other modalities was valuable for acute neck pain with no serious adverse effects being reported. (3) Your Augusta chiropractor who knows the cervical spine well and provides safe spinal manipulation works alongside Augusta general practitioners to help neck pain sufferers get relief.

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Check out this PODCAST with Dr. David Kulla on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes how the Cox® Technic Flexion Distraction System of Spinal Pain Management helps him help his patients with neck pain and headache relief.

Make your Augusta chiropractic appointment now. The uniqueness of the cervical spinal curve and the pain conditions affecting it merit a unique treatment protocol to take care of pain. At Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic, that protocol is safe, gentle, and effective!